Many people in Sacramento over the past Memorial Day weekend spent their time at barbecues, parties, the beach, or other festivities that signal that summer is here. While at these events, they may have had a bottle of beer, a glass of wine, or a cocktail to help them unwind. However, on their drive home an entirely unrelated reason, such as a broken taillight, might have caused them to see red and blue lights flashing in their rear view mirror. In these situations, when an officer approaches and asks if you have been drinking, what do you say?
Sometimes, when another person threatens your safety or causes you harm, you may have to act to defend yourself, even if this means hurting the aggressor. That being said, a person in Sacramento who does this may be charged with a violent crime, such as assault or battery. However, they may be able to have the charges against them dropped if it can be shown that they acted in self-defense.
Memorial Day serves as an early kickoff to summer across the country. For Californians who ride motorcycles, it means a chance to enjoy the warm weather by taking a trip along the coastline or through a national forest. But, with warm weather comes cold refreshments, and a sometimes chilling reminder of the physical dangers and criminal penalties associated with drinking and riding.
Many Californians are familiar with the decades-old War on Drugs. The campaign included a push to incarcerate those who committed even minor drug crimes. However, policy has changed over time, and in recent years, the Justice Department sought to reform the way courts sentenced people convicted of drug charges. However, the new Attorney General of the United States, Jeff Sessions, has ordered federal prosecutors to return to the harshest sentencing guidelines of the War on Drugs, including increased use of mandatory minimum sentences.
Hearing sirens and seeing red and blue flashing lights in your rear-view mirror is a situation no one in California wants to be in. If a person is being accused of driving under the influence of alcohol, they may expect that they will be asked to perform some standard field sobriety tests and that they will be asked to submit to a breath test to determine whether their blood alcohol content level is above the legal limit. However, the police's ability to test whether a person is driving under the influence of drugs is more of a gray area.
For many people in Sacramento, losing the ability to drive could be a disaster. They need to drive to get to work. If they have no transportation to work, they could lose their job. They need to drive to run errands, such as grocery shopping. Without being able to drive, obtaining these basic necessities can be incredibly difficult. Finally, they need to drive to visit friends or family. If they can't drive, these relationships could become strained.